Nov. 8: Film screening Onibus 174 to launch Brazil Week

Date: Monday, November 8
Place: Utopia Theatre, SSW 2.106
Time: 2:00 PM

The Brazil Center and LILAS will be screening Onibus 174, by Jose Padilha, as the opening event for Brazil Week 2010. This is a great opportunity to see a polemic Brazilian documentary. In June 12th 2000, the kidnapping of the bus number 174 in Rio de Janeiro became a national event. It was registered alive by Brazilian television and mobilized governmental entities and public opinion. The documentary contextualizes this event by working out the image of the young kidnapper, Sandro do Nascimento, through reports and television archive scenes. Sandro was born in a favela and grow up in Rio’s streets. This micro-history is linked with a larger one: the Brazilian history of crime, violence and child marginality. The film questions whether Sandro, as thousands of abandoned minors, is the offender or the victim. The images captured by the TV channel are connected with the life history of the kidnapper and his marginal relationship with the city of Rio. The documentary is an invitation to rethink a disturbing dilemma of our time: to what degree does the alive presence of media reveals the fact or instead produces it? What was initially a robbery turned out to become a kidnapping and finally a huge spectacle enacted by Sandro to the cameras.
After the film there will be a discussion with an SSW professor and three Brazilian professors from very distinct regions as participants. (The film is in Portuguese and has English subtitles.

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